Day Trip to Heidelberg

Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
Trip End Dec 30, 2009

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Hotel Everest

Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Sunday, December 27, 2009

We got up at 7:30 am and went to the hotel's breakfast room. We had a basic breakfast at a relaxed pace because we decided to take the 10 am train rather than the 9 am train.

We got ready and walked to the train station (Frankfurt am Main Hbf). We had some time before departure so DH was determined to get some Starbucks coffee. :b We didn't need to have a reservation, so we walked down to a 1st Class car and grabbed a compartment on what was an older train.

It took 1 1/2 hrs to get to Heidelberg with all the stops at several other stations. We came out of the Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof and had no idea where to go. We decided to just take a taxi up to the castle which was quick and painless.

The castle was amazing. There were several different buildings with very different architectural styles, some dating back to Roman times. We bought tickets to cross the bridge to actually go within the castle walls. It was 3 euros each for DH and I, and 1.50 euros for each of the kids. Also included was the Apotheke (Pharmacy) Museum which was small and quite interesting.

We took the funicular down to the old town. We walked to the Marktplatz (market square) where executions and burnings of witches and heretics used to take place (echh!). It was very pretty, decorated for Christmas. We had lunch on the corner at what I would call a German diner called Hahn im Korb. DH and I had Bratwurst; the kids had fish and chips. It actually snowed while we were eating. We could see the big flakes floating down outside. It didn't stick though.

From there we went into the Heiliggeistkirche church which is right in the square. We then walked down to the Alte Brucke bridge and around the block to an antique store that was open (most stores were closed). I found a very pretty framed engraving of Speyer Cathedral for 5 euros. Bargain!

We then continued down the main street, Untere Strasse. There were a ton of people out and about even though not much was open. It sprinkled off and on. I think it was snow up above, but turned into rain by the time it hit us.

We stopped at a beautiful cafe, Perkeo, for drinks and dessert. We girls had chocolate mousse cake, the boys had strudel. My latte was yummy.

When we got to the end of the street, we weren't sure how far we were from the train station, so we took a taxi there. Our timing was perfect. We found out what platform the next train to Frankfurt would be on, and we headed there, got on and the train left. We got our own compartment again on a modern IC train this time. This journey only took an hour because it didn't stop at so many stations along the way.

We are just relaxing in the room now. We are ordering takeout pizza and salad for dinner. I'm still full from lunch and dessert though. It was a great day. Heidelberg is lovely.
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